This is the 18th Leadership Summit put on the Willow Creek Association that Rob and I have attended. Every year, I feel this conference gives us a “Bump” in our leadership gifts and abilities. I am so looking forward to learning and growing in the next few days. Tune in and check back to see if you can find anything helpful about leadership over the next 2 days. I’ll try to do a good job taking notes!
Leaders are people who bring people from one place to another.
“I would cast red-hot vision from the stage about where we are going…the best vision casting I could do, and 24 hours later I would always get emails from people saying , “Bill, what you said was nice, but we like it here.”
What do you do when people like it “here”? I tend to move forward and re-sell the vision with even more passion. 24 hours later, I would get emails reiterating they were happy with “here”.
I went from that, first play to casting vision how awful “here” is, and how awful it would be to stay.
Hundreds of times before his “I Have A Dream” speech, MLK spoke about why we can NOT stay here. Then, one day, he turned a corner, and gave his “I Have A Dream” speech.
Your job is not to prove to everyone how smart you are, what a great leader you are, etc. Your job is to convince people that we can not stay here because of the injustice that surrounds us.
When you invite someone onto your leadership team, there are 4 C’s to remember:
Character-What is their character?
Competence-Can they handle their job?
Chemistry-Does their personality mesh with others on your team?v
Culture-Will they fit into our culture, or will they be better used in a different environment?
Picture if that individual resigns from your team, would you:
1) be happy
3) go in the hallway and vomit
Are their some sensitive conversations that you have to have with fantastic people?
If you need to move people from here to there, where are people most uncomfortable? They get tired at about the middle third.
We need to refill people’s leadership bucket. People’s leadership buckets leak…a lot.
You need to celebrate every mile marker you possibly can along the way. What keeps people on the journey is some sense of hope that they will indeed get there some day.
There is a 40% differential in productivity between an inspired team mate and one who is not. Inspiration matters.
People who hear from God accomplish a lot.
John 10:27 My sheep hear my voice and they heed it. Every leader ought to be
an incurable reader of the Bible.
God speaks to us directly by his spirit. We need to learn his voice and listen to it. Do you pay attention to those promptings? Do you believe that God still speaks today? To the core of my being I believe this.
If leaders all over the world would begin to listen to God’s voice and do what He says, imagine how the world could be a different place.
Bill heard God say to him, “You are treasured by the Most High God…don’t quit.” And he saved his ministry.
When have you heard God speak to you?
Do you think He speaks?
Will you do whatever it takes to listen to his voice and heed it?
Which of these statements would God say to you? Pay attention.
Don’t quit. step up. take the risk. you’ve been too safe. apologize now. make the tough decision. today is the day.get help.stop running from God.slow down. show your heart.let others lead.feed your soul. bless the team. make the ask.do something more impactful.come clean.embody the vision.celebrate the victories. speak the truth. count your blessings.end the secret. check your motives.set the pace.get physically fit. serve your family. pray. humble yourself.